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Long Term Food Storage – Is Your Pantry Stocked?

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Food preservation has become a lost art. It used to be a way of life, but with the advance of modern technology, transportation, and supermarkets – most Americans don’t give any thought to food storage. Many run to the grocery store between meals. But what happens when technology fails. Natural disasters strike and the supermarket shelves are bare within hours. The result is that families find themselves in a crisis.

It’s ironic that in this technological age we could find ourselves so vulnerable in the most basic needs of life. One hundred years ago interruptions in the grocery business would have been of much less consequence than now. Food storage was normal practice, and a year’s supply was common.

An increase in disasters in recent times – both man made and natural, seems to be causing a simultaneous increasing interest in long term food storage. Also, more and more people are interested in returning to a simpler, self sufficient lifestyle. This means more people are growing their own food, as well. Effective food storage makes it possible to continue to eat what you grow beyond your growing season.

Canning and dehydrating are just two of the popular methods used to store food. These approaches work well for more perishable produce like fruit. They also work for vegetables. Grains, on the other hand store better in air tight containers where they can be kept cool and dry. Freezing is another common approach, but since it requires electricity, (or gas, depending on the type of freezer unit) we won’t spend much time discussing that. Methods which don’t require modern technology to sustain them are much more desirable.

Root cellaring is also a method which should not be overlooked. Even if you don’t have a traditional root cellar (which most people don’t), you can still apply the principles in cooler places like crawl spaces, basements, and under stairwells.

We’ll look more at that approach as well as other methods of long term food storage in future articles. We’ll also discuss some of the reasons we should become proficient at these valuable skills.

You can start reaping the benefits of Long Term Food Storage. Many practical resources are available online.

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